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19:30  18 october  2019
19:30  18 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Apple’s budget $329 iPad gets a 10.2-inch screen

Apple’s budget $329 iPad gets a 10.2-inch screen Bloomberg's predictions proved accurate at Apple's September iPhone event held in Cupertino on Tuesday. The company announced on stage that the iPad's 9.7-inch base model will be slightly increasing in size to 10.2 inches for its 7th generation. This move follows April's revamping of the iPad Mini and iPad Air lines. The new iPad is "designed to make the most out of iPadOS" Apple VP Greg Joswiak told the assembled crowd. It offers a number of new features and design tweaks including a redesigned home screen, deeper Apple Pencil integration, and improved multitasking controls.

Newer iPads (those released in 2018 and later) are designed to work with digital styluses, most famously the Apple Pencil . However, I tested the pen myself; it feels a bit more substantial than the Pencil and works exactly as advertised. Which is to say: Press the power button and it's instantly

Apple Pencil for iPad Pro features wireless charging and responds to your touch to make note-taking, writing, and drawing better than ever. Designed to do more , more simply. The second‑generation Apple Pencil attaches magnetically with a satisfying snap onto the side of your iPad Pro.

Newer iPads (those released in 2018 and later) are designed to work with digital styluses, most famously the Apple Pencil . They're great for creating art, taking notes and so on. But, oh, the price: The 1st-gen Apple Pencil sells for $89, the 2nd-gen for $119. And, to be honest, they feel like cheap pieces of plastic. You can't help but feel ripped-off.

a person holding a sign: This Penoval digital pen is compatible with newer iPads. It's comfy and effective, though it lacks the Apple Pencil's more advanced features. Rick Broida/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. This Penoval digital pen is compatible with newer iPads. It's comfy and effective, though it lacks the Apple Pencil's more advanced features. Rick Broida/CNET a person holding a sign: This Penoval digital pen is compatible with newer iPads. It's comfy and effective, though it lacks the Apple Pencil's more advanced features.© CNET

This Penoval digital pen is compatible with newer iPads. It's comfy and effective, though it lacks the Apple Pencil's more advanced features.

Apple 7th Gen iPad: A 10.2-inch display, A10 Fusion Chip and iPadOS

Apple 7th Gen iPad: A 10.2-inch display, A10 Fusion Chip and iPadOS Apple announced at their annual media event earlier today that they are upgrading the entry-level iPad. The new 7th Generation iPad features a larger 10.2-inch, upsizing from the original 9.7-inch screen. It's powered by the A10 Fusion Chip and will run the new iPadOS 13. © Provided by Cable News Network, Inc.Additionally, it will support the Apple Pencil and with a smart connector onboard, you can connect a Smart Keyboard. It seems like Apple is packing a lot more value into the entry-level iPad. You'll be able to multitask, drag and drop, and even use multiple spaces.

Which Apple Pencil works with your iPad ? Open Notes. Tap to start a new note. On an Apple Pencil (2nd generation), you can double-tap the lower section of Apple Pencil to quickly switch back to the tool you used last. To see how much charge your Apple Pencil has left, check the Widgets view on your iPad .

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Thankfully, there are other options -- much more affordable ones. The Logitech Crayon, for example, is currently $53.99 at Amazon, though I've seen it as low as $50 numerous times. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

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Meanwhile, there are a host of off-brand styluses available for even less. For example, for a limited time, and while supplies last, CSBINE via Amazon has the Penoval digital stylus for $21.99 when you clip the on-page 10%-off coupon and then apply promo code 35V4HL9O at checkout. It regularly sells for $39.99, as do many very similar styli.

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First things first: This has a seemingly amazing 4.8-star average user rating, but both Fakespot and ReviewMeta indicate a ton of potential fakes. Barf. However, I tested the pen myself; it feels a bit more substantial than the Pencil and works exactly as advertised.

iPad 10.2-inch: Hands on with Apple’s new 7th gen tablet

iPad 10.2-inch: Hands on with Apple’s new 7th gen tablet The $329 entry level tablet borrows some Pro features

If your Apple Pencil is not connecting to iPad Pro or take to pairing too much time after iOS update and you ’re planning to bring it to the purchased store then You can take it to an Apple Retail Store for further troubleshooting or exchange. An alternative, you can get support through the telephone.

Apple Pencil expands the power of iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad , and opens up new creative possibilities. It’s sensitive to pressure and tilt so you can easily vary line weight, create subtle shading and produce a wide range of artistic effects — just like a conventional pencil , but with pixel-perfect

Which is to say: Press the power button and it's instantly paired to your iPad, without so much as a visit to Bluetooth settings. (How? I'm not actually sure.) Then just start writing or coloring with an app like Notability or countless others.

Here's the catch: The stylus doesn't support pressure-sensitivity the way the Apple Pencil does, nor does it offer tip angle-detection like the Logitech Crayon . Plus, the power button is in the worst possible place: Just above where your fingers would naturally grip the barrel. I haven't hit it by accident (yet), but it's still super-dumb placement.

Also a bit annoying: The barrel is perfectly round, so the stylus can easily roll away on you.

Thankfully, it does offer "palm rejection," meaning you can lay your hand on the screen while writing. And in my informal tests with the new iPad 10.2, there was zero lag. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how pleasant it is to interact with the iPad this way. The experience is vastly superior to any stylus-based note-taking I've tried in the past.

iPad 10.2-inch: Hands on with Apple’s new 7th gen tablet

iPad 10.2-inch: Hands on with Apple’s new 7th gen tablet The $329 entry level tablet borrows some Pro features

The Apple Pencil is more than just a drawing utensil —it can work as a full-fledged, system-wide stylus with the iPad Pro. But there are also certain tasks that just aren't possible with Apple 's new accessory. Here's a breakdown of what it can and cannot do. You can open apps and links, scroll, and navigate.

At last, Apple has made a stylus for their new giant iPad Pro. It seems to work beautifully. Here's the ad that describes it. Read more

Bottom line: Whether it's this digital pen or another, you don't have to pay $89-$119 for Apple's versions -- not unless you really, really need pressure-sensitivity. For simple artwork and note-taking, this gets the job done very nicely.

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